Area Maintenance Technician Jobs in pennsylvania

What is this job?

Area Maintenance Technicians install, maintain, repair, remove, and dispose of Postal equipment within an assigned geographic area. Specific job descriptions are provided on individual job postings.

Wages can vary by location, but the average salary for a career Area Maintenance Technician is $60,000 per year. Specific information on wages is provided on individual job postings.

Area Maintenance Technician positions come with the full range of benefits for which the Postal Service is famous. See our Career Benefits page for details.

(You may see a posting for a PSE Area Maintenance Technician if they are not prepared to hire a career employee at that particular time or location. This job would perform the same functions, but it is a non-career position that comes with lesser wages that vary geographically and with partial or no benefits. Specific information on wages and benefits are included on individual job postings. PSE is an acronym for Postal Support Employee. When posted as a PSE job, this should be viewed as a starting point for a career Area Maintenance Technician position. In such a case, when a career Area Maintenance Technician position becomes available, it will be filled by promoting a PSE Area Maintenance Technician. PSEs are typically hired for 360 day terms and can be reappointed for additional 360 day terms. See our PSE Jobs page for details.)

How do I get it?

Below is a brief recap of the hiring and testing process. See our How to apply page for full details.

1. First you must find an open job posting on the USPS website. This sounds easy enough, but unfortunately the Postal Service online job search function is a nightmare due to technical issues and chronic posting errors. See our Why the Postal Job Search Function Does Not Work article for details.

2. Once you find a job posting, you apply for that job online. Again this sounds easy enough, but the online application process is a seemingly endless series of conflicting instructions, confusing forms, electronic steps, cover letters, and attachments.  Our book How to Really Get Postal Jobs is a step-by-step guide for successfully navigating the challenging job search, the frustrating application process, and the employment interview. Included is their official checklist used when interviewing applicants for Automotive Mechanic / Technician jobs. You will have the inside scoop needed to ace your employment interview!

3. You are scheduled to take an employment exam as you apply. Maintenance positions, including Area Maintenance Technician jobs, are filled from exam 955. See our Exam 955 page for details on exam content. We do not publish a true study guide for exam 955. Creating a test prep guide that effectively covers the incredible range of technical subjects on this exam is virtually impossible. Broad knowledge and experience in a number of technical fields is needed for success. But our book How to Really Get Postal Jobs does provide info on this test as described below.
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• Also included is a listing with definitions of the 33 KSAs (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities) that an applicant is expected to have mastery of and that are covered on the exam 955.
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